Our pals over at Foundry Kelowna continue to amaze us with their stunning facility and passion to foster a safe space for youth ages 12-24 in the Okanagan. When we first decided more than a year ago that we wanted to somehow give back and be part of the larger mental health community, we instantly knew where to go. And with no hesitation, they have and encouraged us in return. Foundry Kelowna is a place where any youth or their family in our community can find easy access to the help they need, when they need it.
Operated by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kelowna, Foundry collaborates with more than 25 different partner organizations to provide quality care for youth and their families. The most impressive part of it all is CMHA truly runs the show from a completely separate building. Of course, there is a team of Foundry professionals and volunteers stationed at the all-in-one care facility, but all upper management is running behind the scenes from the beautiful folx at CMHA! Foundry has a wide range of Get Support ideas and programs including:
- Peer Support
- Phone & Online Chat
- Apps & Tools
- Bounce Back®: RECLAIM YOUR HEALTH (DEPRESSION, STRESS AND ANXIETY)
- YMCA Mental Wellness Programs
- Health Care Professionals
- Tips for Talking With Someone
- School Counsellors
Just over two years ago, Foundry Kelowna officially opened its doors in the heart of the city. Since then, it has provided services to thousands of individuals and hundreds of families. The need for the programs and an all in one safe space for youth is integral to developing a well-rounded and balanced lifestyle.
Foundry's approach is detailed and integrated. In Foundry centers, a team of care and service providers works with each young person to create a plan for wellness and help equip them with the tools, support, and strategies they need to thrive in life. They strive to reach young people earlier to help with issues before they become bigger and impact their relationships, school, work or other aspects of their lives.